Community Volunteer Opportunities

For those interested in volunteering in the off-campus community, our local and statewide communities offer a range of partners and projects, including one-time or short-term opportunities and ongoing or sustained opportunities. In addition to the opportunities listed below, Harward Center staff members are happy to meet with individuals and groups interested in exploring other possibilities.

One-Time or Occasional Volunteer Opportunities

The Lewiston High School Math Department is looking for a handful of volunteers to put together a pi day event in the afternoon/evening of March 16th and 17th.  This is a great opportunity to get high schoolers excited about math! They need volunteers to help out one or both of those evenings. Contact Julia Riback.

Blake Street Towers and Meadowview (Lewiston Housing Authority residences for low-income elderly and younger disabled) are happy to have volunteers plan social events–meals, game nights, performances, etc. Contact Matt Gee.

Hillview Family Development is looking for one or two Bates students to assist with the Boy Scout Reach program, where they work on teaching scouting values.  This is an ongoing and well-supported program. Meetings are on Mondays from 4:30-6:30pm.  Volunteers must be willing to work with rambunctious younger youth.  If you are interested, please contact Jack Waite.

Auburn Elementary After-School Program needs an assistant to help introduce Spanish language and culture to elementary students through a movement class that incorporates songs, yoga, and some  dance. The assistant must be proficient in Spanish and available Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 pm.  Please contact Memarie Christoforo for more information.

Help Working Families: Lewiston-Auburn CA$H Coalition is part of CA$H Maine, a collaboration of ten statewide coalitions working together to help low and moderate-income Mainers make the most of their money. CA$H Maine offers free tax preparation to qualified filers during the tax season. BUT, they are about more than just preparing taxes, so there are many ways you can volunteer! They are currently seeking greeters/receptionists. This person would be the first point of contact and would hand out important paperwork for tax filers to complete. The only qualification needed is a smiling face.
WHERE: Lewiston Memorial Armory, next to the Middle School on Central Ave.
WHEN: 2016 Tax Season, January 25th through April 1st.
Hours are flexible.  Choose from these days and times: Mondays, 3-6pm; Thursdays, 5-8pm; Fridays, 12:30-4pm; or Saturdays, 9am-noon.  You commit to what works for you!
Lewiston Auburn CA$H Coalition: Find us on-line at: CASHMAINE.ORG
Contact: Jill Lorom (207-535-2919)

The Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares food for distribution throughout the state. Contact:Nina Sevilla.

 

Ongoing or Sustained Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers one-on-one weekly one-hour matches with elementary school kids in local schools.  It also has a campus-based program, Cats and Cubs, that meets every Sunday.
Contact: Camden Bock

Tutoring and Enrichment Programs

The Hillview Afterschool Program meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45pm.
Contact: Lydia Rosenfield

Tree Street Youth meets Monday through Thursday from 2-6pm and Friday from 2-4pm.
Contact: Yaw Anoff

The Lewiston Public Library Program meets Mondays through Thursday from 3:15-5:15pm.
Contact: Talia Martino

Montello Book Buddies supports Bates students reading to early-elementary-age children during the school day.
Contact: Brooke Drabkin

English Language Learners

Adult Learning Center provides tutors to English language learners.
Contact: Jen Tiner

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services helps with preparation for citizenship testing.
Contact: Rilwan Osman

Food Accessibility

The Trinity Soup Kitchen serves meals 7 days a week.
Contact: Erin Reed

Lots to Gardens supports community gardening and cooking classes.
Contact: Nina Sevilla

Seniors Plus provides meals to seniors and welcomes volunteers for food prep and serving, as well as drivers/deliverers for the Meals on Wheels program.
For more information, click here.

Elderly/Younger Disabled

Blake Street Towers promotes social activities with elderly and younger disabled.
Contact: Matt Gee

The Social Learning Center provides day services for individuals (between the ages of 18 and 80+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The friendship program provides an opportunity to form a long-term connection with someone from the SLC.  Students can be matched with someone based on a shared interest or hobby. The time commitment is twice a month for one hour each time, at any time during the day that is convenient for you (from the morning until 4 pm when the SLC closes). For more information, contact Melody Altschuler.

Alzheimer’s Association provides Bates students the opportunity to help listen to and then write down the memories of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Contact: Marty Deschaines

Seniors Plus provides a range of services to the elderly. For more information, click here.

Art Projects

ArtVan provides mobile arts therapy working with non-profits in Lewiston-Auburn.
Contact: Louise Marks

Art Programming at Hillview Family Development supports weekly art projects with youth aged 6-16.
Contact: Louise Marks

Hospitals

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Contact: Jenny Cowie at 207-777-8369

Central Maine Medical Center
Contact: Sue Hedrich at 207-795-2472

Other Programs (some of these require extensive training)

Safe Voices is a domestic violence prevention program.
Contact: Staci Beal at 207-795-6744

Advocates for Children provides child abuse protection and parenting skill development.
Contact: info@advocatesforchildren.net

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Contact: Sandy Graul at 207-783-2311

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
Contact: sacccs@sapars.org

Center for Wisdom’s Women is a sacred and safe place that supports and empowers women.
Contact: Klara Tammany